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Being a tale of a feeling of love that's fading away, this song has a sound similar to Lesley Gore's hit "You Don't Own Me
This was Patty Duke's first hit in the music industry. Like many of her predecessors (such as Shelley Fabares) she tried a career as a singer to capitalize on the success of her television career (notably her sitcom The Patty Duke Show, which ran from 1963 to 1966). Although she managed to score three smaller hits after the success of this song, she ended her music career a year later and continued acting. She stated in several interviews that she never considered herself as a singer. She was allegedly pressured by her managers and peers to try that particular field. (thanks, Jerro - New Alexandria, PA, for above 2)
Ralph Casale, who played guitar on this song, told us that he could usually tell when a session was going to produce a hit, but this one surprised him. Said Ralph about Patty Duke: "I didn't know she could sing. I thought of her as an actress only. I didn't hear her sing on the date because many times the artist records after the band has been recorded. Yes I was surprised when it became a hit. She did a great job on that recording." (Get more stories from Ralph in his full interview
Don breaks down "Hotel California" and other songs he wrote as a member of the Eagles. Now we know where the "warm smell of colitas" came from.
Al Jourgensen of Ministry
In the name of song explanation, Al talks about scoring heroin for William Burroughs, and that's not even the most shocking story in this one.